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now here's a real reason for a holiday weekend

just a quick note to wish everyone a very happy WORLDTURTLEDAY!!!

i've been a big fan of the little shelled fellas for quite a while, since i got to share an apartment with a couple of them. (i might add that the late, great morgan was also a real fan of turles as well, and he was way cooler than i'll ever be.)

remember- taking your time just means that you have the opportunity to reflect on whether or not you're making a good decision, which generally means that you end up making fewer stupid mistakes.

so make a donation to a charity that helps some of the endangered species of turtle survive in the wild. alternately, consider giving a home to these little reptilian wonders. you might be surprised at how endearing they are.

choose your team and grab your fork

a small handful of you may remember that back in 2006, i inaugurated a weird little tradition that became my way of celebrating the world cup. if you want to read more about it, you can find most of it here, but also a little bit here. i called it "eat the cup" and it proved to be a lot of fun (although somewhat exhausting and, due to an ill-advised attempt to cook beets in 30C heat, a little stinky).

four years hence, i'vev decided that i'm up for tackling the challenges of global cuisine once again. basically, the challenge is this: every day of the cup, i will pick one of the winning teams and that night i will cook a meal featuring the cuisine of that country. the idea is that i try to go as long as i can without repeating a country. (given that teams advance by winning multiple times, however, this is nearly impossible.) in the interests of preserving some of my beleaguered brain cells, i am going to allow myself to repeat some dishes from last time, but i'm…

i spit on your remake

not everyone is creative. there are lots of ways in which people can get satisfaction from their lives- family, volunteer work, hell, even sports give people a sense of belonging and fulfillment. what i can't help but wonder is, given the many career options open to them, why do people who are so singularly uncreative keep ending up in the film industry? surely they could find better ways to apply their skills, but no, instead we are forced to bear the constant onslaught of genre films, where the rules become so restrictive that it is almost impossible to tell one film from the other, or, and this is obviously where i'm going with this post, the endless, repetitive remaking of previous films, which removes any pretense of originality from the equation.

and nowhere is that more evident than in the horror genre. witness the sad onslaught of remakes that have been paraded through theatres (and ushered quickly onto dvd to recoup their considerable costs) in recent years. directo…

today on the crazy meter

readers of this blog may remember that a little while back, i posted results from a number of tests i took on line about mental disorders and my own likelihood of being any of a number of flavours of mentally interesting.

this morning, i arose bright and early, or at least early, and thought it would be funny to re-take one of them- pretty much the most detailed one- to see if my results came out any different. again, i answered each question as honestly as i could based on how i feel right now.

here's what my result was:

DisorderRatingParanoid:Very HighSchizoid:HighSchizotypal:Very HighAntisocial:HighBorderline:Very HighHistrionic:HighNarcissistic:HighAvoidant:ModerateDependent:LowObsessive-Compulsive:High
-- Personality Disorder Test --
-- Personality Disorder Information --


i've learned that, yes, it is possible to score as "low" on one of the categories. i have apparently become less dependent and histrionic, while my schizoid and schizotypal tendencies have gone up.…